School Newsletter – 29 Jan 2016

  Posted by: Debbie Rutter on January 29, 2016 at 10:47 am

Non- Uniform Day Monday 1st February 2016

The Reception class has been awarded a non- uniform day on Monday 1st February 2016 as they have received the highest attendance for four weeks. Congratulations.

Collective Worship Friday 5th February

We normally meet in church on the first Friday of each month. Friday 5th February will be different. I have arranged for Tom Makin- Bell (autism assemblies worker) to present an assembly to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The assemblies are designed to raise awareness of autism amongst the pupil cohort and therefore focus on sensory issues, and the 3 impairments – interaction, communication and imagination.  Tom will finish by looking at the positives of autism and at how we can all work together to help meet the needs of different people. If you like to join us for these assemblies please feel free to join us in the school hall at 9.15 am.

E Safety (keeping safe in the digital world) – Thursday 25th February at 1.45pm

You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our pupils’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this.

Just a few simple steps by you can help keep them safe and give young people the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter while on the internet. I have arranged for Mark Aspen to do a presentation to parents/carers at 1.45 pm on Thursday 25th February. The presentation will last until 3pm; you can collect your child/ children at that time. Please could you email or call the school office to reserve place.

Bibles for Reception and Year 2 Children.

I have ordered copies of ‘The Children’s Bible’ for the Reception children and ‘Rainbow Good News Bible’ for the Year 3 children. This is an annual event supported by St. Oswald’s Church: thank you to Rev. Jane Lloyd, the Church Wardens and Treasurer for supporting our school. When the Bibles are delivered Rev’ Jane Lloyd will present them to the children. The Reception children will bring their Bibles home to share with family. The Year 3 children keep their Bibles in school, to support their learning in Religious Education.

A message from Mrs Perry and Mrs Maddock (Maths Leads)

As maths leaders we are currently looking into ways in which we can further support our children’s key maths skills in number bonds and tables.

In year 1 we are lucky enough to have plenty of parent helpers to support the learning of number bonds, who come and test the children frequently. In Year 2 the class teacher has a clear understanding of where the children currently are in their understanding of number bonds but needs the support of parent helpers if the children are to be tested frequently.

Times tables are a key focus within the new curriculum and it is an expectation that children know all of their tables by the end of Year 4 and a new national tables test is to be introduced next year. In Key stage 2, tables are taught within class lessons and Year 3 has buddies in Year 5 who test their tables and award them bronze, silver and gold according to their knowledge. However we would like to support this further and across the whole key stage with help from parent volunteers, as to test children individually requires time.

If you would like to offer your support, please contact myself or Mrs Maddock regarding any regular sessions you could do. Any help would be gratefully received.

Class Assembly for Year 4

This has been changed from Thursday 4th February to Wednesday 15th June at 2pm.


We have an excellent reputation with local education providers in supporting students in their teaching career. We have 3 students joining us on Tuesday 2nd February for their placement. Miss Byers will be in Year 1, Mr. Smith will be in Year 3 and Miss English will be in Year 5. I am sure you will make them very welcome.


Mrs Broadbent has changed her SENCO day to Thursday. If you need support at any other time please come and chat to Mrs Dean or Mrs Burchell.

Delamere Residential for Year 2- Wednesday 27th/ Thursday 28th April

Following a request from Fox Howl’, at Delamere, the residential for the Year 2 children has been changed to the dates noted above.

Sainsbury’s – Active Kids Vouchers

We are collecting the above vouchers and would be grateful for your support.

Best Wishes for a lovely weekend,

Sharon Dean

Head Teacher